Community and family pay tribute to ‘DZ’

2019-07-17 06:01
The former Greytown Cluster Commander, Colonel Dennis “DZ” Khumalo. PHOTO: supplied

The former Greytown Cluster Commander, Colonel Dennis “DZ” Khumalo. PHOTO: supplied

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THE former Cluster Commander of the Greytown SAPS, Colonel Dennis Zama Khumalo (58), was described as a true legend who fought against crime in Greytown.

Khumalo, who was affectionately known as DZ in the Greytown community and in the SAPS, died on June 30 after a long illness.

Khumalo was born on November 19, 1961, grew up in the Mhlosheni area before his family moved to Ntembisweni.

He was appointed to the SAPS on July 22, 1981 and resigned on November 30, 2014.

He gave 33 years of service to the SAPS.

When he got married, Khumalo relocated with his wife, Gloria, and children to Greytown and from 1991 to 1995 he worked for the Crime Intelligence Unit in Greytown until when he was transferred to the Greytown Station.

In 1996 he took up a post at the Midlands area Commissioners Office in Pietermaritzburg, where he worked until April 2009.

In May 2009 he was transferred to the Greytown Police Station where he held the post of Greytown Cluster Commander.

Family members, friends, members of the SAPS, and neighbours paid their respects to the Greytown stalwart last Sunday.

Khumalo’s daughter, Winnie Khumalo, described her father as a true legend who worked hard to bring about change in the community.

Khumalo worked in Greytown while the station was clustered in six areas — Greytown, Kranskop, Muden, Matimatolo, Rietvlei, and Msinga.

“He played an instrumental role in the fight against crime in Greytown.

“He would make sure that there was police visibility in Greytown and deploy the dog unit during the holidays.

“He was intelligent and was willing to improve the lives of the people in Greytown,” said Winnie.

“When he was the Cluster Commander, he helped the municipality, Correctional Services, RTI and SAPS to work together, which helped the functionality of the town,” she said.

The management of the Greytown SAPS said in a statement: “Khumalo was approachable and a dedicated policeman. He will be missed by all.”

Respected and loved by many, Khumalo was described as a highly skilled police officer.

“I would like to thank my brothers and sisters for being there for my father until the end.

We all worked together until our father was laid to rest.”

“We would also like to acknowledge the support we received from the Mayor of Umvoti Municipality, Thami Ngubane, as well as members of the SAPS, neighbours, friends and family, and members of the Lutheran Church. I would also like to give special recognition to my mother, Gloria Khumalo.

“He was a family man. He loved his family and grandchildren,” ended Winnie.

Khumalo was laid to rest at the old Greytown Cemetery on July 6.

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